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Exercises to Help Tennis Elbow

Mayoclinic.org says that tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition that occurs, when tendons in your elbow are overloaded—usually the result from repetitive motions of the wrist and arm.

According to the website, “despite its name, athletes aren’t the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers.”

Tennis elbow pain occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist, notes Mayo. Symptoms might occur, when you shake hands, twist a bottle cap, turn a doorknob, or even something as simple as holding a cup by the handle.

In more advanced cases, Mayo says, “your medical history and the physical exam provide enough information for your doctor to make a diagnosis of tennis elbow. But if your doctor suspects that something else may be causing your symptoms, he or she may suggest X-rays or other types of imaging tests.”

Tennis elbow exercises using flexible tubing

Hold a flexible tube vertically in front of the body—with the hand of the injured elbow at the bottom and wrist extended.

Using the other hand, grasp the top of the tube—with palm facing out and thumb pointing down. Twist the tube with the top hand, while you stabilize and rotate the bar out—parallel to the ground. Then perform 5 wrist rotations. Return and repeat 3 times.

You have the option to switch hand positions. Remember, do not cause or elicit pain during the exercise.

Remember, you should always consult your physician before beginning any exercise, diet, or nutritional supplementation program.

Mackie and April share exercises every Wednesday on WWL-TV